Wednesday, September 28, 2011

“Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men.”

You would think or would at least hope that after the uproar this summer at San Diego Comic Con over the "too few women in comics", DC would take some time to reflect and do something meaningful about it. Not just about the number of women they have working in their company, but also the number of women featured as prominent characters in their comics. But it is not just quantity we hope for.  Quality is something we want desperately.

Apparently, this is too much to ask for.  And to think...I was so excited for the arrival of Red Hood and the Outlaws.

 I hope you've got comfort food with you because it is going to get depressing real fast.

Number One : Starfire. Apparently, she's been turned into someone who will sleep with anyone because it makes her feel free.  The reason for this?  She was a slave.  DC Comics has dressed it up as "sexual liberation", when it in fact is quite the opposite.  It is called catering to your male audience. Especially, when as you read the comic you get the sense that the writer (Scott Lobdell) is high fiving every man whose fantasy of Starfire he's just fulfilled.

Sexual liberation (also known as the sexual revolution) was a time where we broke from traditional views on sexuality. There was an increased acceptance of sex before marriage, homosexuality, bisexuality, contraception in its various forms and the legalization of abortion. It is about acceptance and not letting prejudice deter human beings from living their lives as they see fit.  Mr. Lobdell has no concept of what the sexual revolution meant for women and the world at large because if he did, he would not be using it here as an excuse for his decisions in Starefire's characterization.

Here, we're supposed to think that Starfire is taking charge of her free life, which includes her sexuality.  It does not come across as empowering or good.  It made me so uncomfortable to see this because she is just another object in these comics for the male heroes to entertain themselves with despite her own strengths. She does not feel like their equal on this team.  And the fact that Starfire seems to be suffering from some sort of memory loss concerns me.  Is she of sound mind to make these decisions?  None of the characters seem to think that maybe, something might be wrong with her. No one seems to care about Starfire's well being at all.

DC's response over Twitter?

  • "We've heard what's being said about Starfire today and we appreciate the dialogue on this topic."
  • "We encourage people to pay attention to the ratings when picking out any books to read themselves or for their children."
Why does DC  Comics never give anyone a straight answer?  They "appreciate the dialogue on this topic" but don't contribute to it in an honest manner.  And blaming the reader for picking up a T rated comic? It is not the implication of Starfire being sexually active that is disturbing.  She is a powerful woman that can do what she wants. It is rather, the fact that Mr. Lobdell is trying to mask the male fantasy and call it sexual liberation that is scary.  Starfire is not a person in this comic.  She is a thing to be gazed at and used.

Number Two: Starfire seems to lack a personality. Unless sleeping with people is apparently her only character trait? This is the new DC Universe, I expected things to be different but goodness.

I went into this with an open mind, and I can say in all honesty it doesn't feel like Starfire has a personality. She's been a slave and she's been betrayed so where is all that emotion that should come with having gone through that? Did she lose it at the intergalactic airport? Did the United States of America not allow her to pass through into their country with it in a carry-on bag?

Where is the fierce and passionate Tamaranian I used to know and adore? They took a character that was brimming with life and turned her into a one-dimensional object that sits in the background. Great.

I've been reading comments from various readers of the comic. Some of them, the more relaxed people who want everyone to calm down, say there's a reason for all of this and that answers will come along eventually down the line in the series. But how long must we wait and why did we have to wait to begin with?

Other comments from readers about this comic have been less than kind and I mean people are using some downright offensive language.  It is not about the quality of the comic but actually in reference to Starfire. They are all comments made by men and they are laughing about her like she is a joke.

Will I be checking out the next issue? I won't be.  This series was made for one audience only and I am not part of it.

Very well written article on the same subject matter but obviously more intelligently written: The Big Sexy Problem with Superheroines and Their 'Liberated Sexuality'

Interesting article: A 7-year-old girl responds to DC Comics’ sexed-up reboot of Starfire

And this is just for giggles: Someone's attempt at being Starfire Sexy.

(note: quote from Joseph Conrad.)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"Nothing contributes so much to tranquillize the mind as a steady purpose. "

This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel (author of the Silverwing Saga): Twin brothers Victor and Konrad Frankenstein spend their days living inside their imaginations where all they seek is the next adventure.

On one such day, they discover The Dark Library with its countless books on alchemy and old remedies but their father catches them both and forbids them from ever entering the room again. But then Konrad becomes ill and Victor becomes convinced that the secret to helping his twin brother is locked away inside The Dark Library. Against his father's wishes, Victor returns to it and finds an ancient formula for the Elixir of Life tucked away in one of the books.

Accompanied by his friends Elizabeth and Henry, Victor sets out to find an alchemist and the three ingredients needed to make the elixir. Will Victor succeed with this dark endeavor?

I know I've mentioned Mary Shelley's Frankenstein before and not in the most favorable light but I did actually like it (I just didn't like being told to read it). The short novel gave me the creeps. It's one of those books built on the theme of Man as God, the creator, and the consequences of such a thing.

This isn't a new idea - breathing new life into old characters. It's been done for Sherlock Holmes and it's continually being done to the James Bond series but for the first time, I actually want to read this one. I suppose it might be because it satisfies that lingering hole for me in the original. Just what the hell drove Victor Frankenstein to creating his Creature? It couldn't have only been a thirst for knowledge. It had to be more. I always felt that there had to be more.

And the novel, out almost a whole month now, was optioned to be made into a film in January. Though it appears, Oppel is being more quiet and realistic about the whole movie optioning thing. He knows what production hell is (if you don -it's where film ideas go to die). Just because it's been optioned doesn't mean there will be a movie. Do I hope there will be one? I'm not sure. It could be an interesting film but it could also be a terrible one. We shall see.

I remain hopeful though and hope readers will give the novel a chance. I hope it will get them interested in the original Frankenstein novel too.

To read an interview with Mr. Oppel from the Toronto Star, go here: The darker side of sweet sixteen

(note: title quote from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.)

"This paperback is very interesting, but I find it will never replace a hardcover book - it makes a very poor doorstop. "

If you're on a budget like me, you spend a good few months pining for a certain hardcover book until it sheds its hard shell and comes out in a soft paperback edition. For the month of September, there are two novels that I think are worth a read. Let's break it down.

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick: 14-year-old Sig is sitting in an isolated cabin in a snow covered wilderness but he's not alone, the corpse of his dead father keeps him company as he waits for his sister and mother to return. Then a stranger, large and gruff, knocks on his door and accuses his father of having cheated him out of his gold.

The stranger wants it back but Sig doesn't know anything about any stolen gold. What Sig does know is that there's a loaded Colt revolver hidden somewhere in the cabin but can he find it in time?

I'm a closet western nut (I blame Deadwood and John Wayne) so the author's already got me there. Another thing is the overall story grabs me. Will Sig find the Colt? Will he be able to shoot it? Did his father really steal the gold? And I just love how the story takes place within the closed walls of the cabin. Talk about tension and restriction!

And the cover, it really brings out those notions of mystery and desolation created in the book by the stranger and the cold landscape where the cabin is located through the use of the dark image and the blue colour.

The Curse of the Wendigo (The Monstrumologist #2) by Rick Yancey: Dr. Warthrop is trying to prove the existence that Homo vampiris, the vampire, but that task must be put aside as a former fiancee asks Warthrop to save her husband from a Wendigo. A greedy creature whose hunger is never sated.

Despite not believing in the creature, Dr. Warthrop heads to the Canadian wilderness and rescues the poor man, who is starved and near death. But is what Dr. Warthrop brought back still a man?

Does Canada have Wendigos? Probably. I'm kidding. Maybe. But truthfully, I'm glad to see that this book is out in paperback now so I can finally read it. I've always found the Wendigo to be such an interesting creature in mythology. It was once human but when it tasted human flesh, it lost that humaness and became a monster. They could even copy human voices in order to lure their victims! (sleeping with the light on, thank you) You see a lot of it brought up on TV like Supernatural, Haven and Fear Itself.

But back to the novel, Rick Yancey is such an impressive writer and I look forward to seeing how he's going to scare me with this novel and the legend of the Wendigo.

(note: title quote from Alfred Hitchcock.)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

"The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible."

You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis: It's been a year since Luna's mom was hit and killed by a taxi and she's still dealing with the pain. A hurt she shares with her brother Tile and her dad.

When Luna begins to clean out what used to be her mother's studio, she stumbles upon her mom's old cellphone - fully charged and with seven messages in its voicemail box. Messages that have been sitting there for a year.

As Luna plays through each one it becomes clear that there was a lot about her mom that she didn't didn't know and that the accident that was her mom's death may not have been an accident at all.

I really like the synopsis of this book. I also like the idea of truly getting to know someone after they're gone through the things they leave behind. In this case, seven messages on a cellphone in a studio that hasn't been touched in a year. I wonder who they're from, what they say and what they reveal about Luna's mother. Whatever the answers, my interest is caught.

The Shattering by Karen Healey: Keri always has a plan and she knows exactly what to do in an emergency. But she finds herself at a loss when her brother commits suicide, leaving her grief stricken and confused.

When a childhood friend named Janna tells her that it wasn't suicide but murder, Keri can't quite believe her. Especially since Janna lost her own brother a few years ago. But Janna insists that she's telling the truth and that they're not alone in their loss. A tourist in their town named Sione has also lost a brother to suicide that same year.

As they dig deeper, the facts start to pile up and form a pattern: one boy killed every year, all older brothers, and each boy had spent New Year's Eve in the town of Summerton. Can the girls save the next intended victim and stay alive long enough to uncover the truth?

It sounds so creepy that it must be good or at least entertaining. I know...I'm a bit morbid. I blame the fact that I watch a lot of Criminal Minds. The show always gave me the why driving the violent action and I suppose that's what interests me the most about this novel - the why. Why a boy each year? Why older brothers? Why is Summerton important? I have a reason now for why I should read this book.

Quick cover comment, I don't like it all that much. I think a lot more could have been done here design wise. I haven't seen the actual print book so that opinion may change but over the internet? It's a little underwhelming.

Burnout by Adrienne Maria Vrettos : On the morning following Halloween, Nan wakes up in a subway car. She's wearing skeleton makeup and an unfamiliar extra small costume she doesn't remember putting on. In fact, Nan can't remember where she was or what she did yesterday. At all.

Nan swore to herself that this wouldn't happen again. She's no longer the girl who gets black out drunk all the time. She's changed and she needs to know what happened. As she tries to gather the pieces of her forgotten day, Nan has flashbacks of her old and dangerous life. She wouldn't go back to that, would she?

But the more Nan figures out, the more scary things become. She thinks that maybe this time, she may have gone a little too far.

This kind of reminds me of The Tracey Fragments by Maureen Medved except that Tracey wakes up naked with only a shower curtain in the back of a bus. Anyway, that's not important. What's important is that this novel sounds pretty cool. I mean, Nan has a preexisting problem with alcohol and she assumes it may be the cause of her forgotten day. It could be. It might not be. I don't know. I guess we'll find out when we actually read the book.

Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer: Willa believes she's lucky because she's got a family that gets along. Not many can say the same. But then hundreds of miles away, a savage and bloody crime takes place that threatens the peace of Willa's life and family. Willa's biological father has murdered his new family and is now traveling east towards Willa and her mom.

While under police protection, Willa begins to learn secrets that her mom has spent years keeping from her. Secrets that make her rethink her own identity. Willa sets about trying to decipher and understand the facts of her past but her own dark secret looms over her and threatens to pull her happy family apart.

First off the cover just gets me. The girl staring at you with her cold blue eyes and blank expression. It should make me run for the hills or want to buy the girl an ice cream to brighten up her day but instead, it just fascinates me. I look forward to seeing the story unfold and finding out what Willa's secrets are as well as if her father actually catches up with her.

All these books are out now. So run to your local bookstore or if you're hip, order it online.

(note: title quote is from Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"A perfect sister I am not, but thankful for the one I've got.”

Irises by Francisco X. Stork: Sisters Mary and Kate have plans. Kate is leaving for Stanford and Mary just wants to stay home and paint. But when their strict father dies, they're forced to deal with a new kind of freedom. One they aren't prepared for and one they don't know quite how to handle. But with this freedom comes a new responsibility to their mother, who remains in a vegetative state.

Kate's boyfriend, Simon, proposes to her and she knows he could offer her the one thing she needs right then - stability. But she's drawn to Andy, whose passion and aspirations match her own so perfectly. And Mary herself faces a challenge when she falls for someone with a violent past that scares her.

The sisters must figure out their lives and each other as well as what's worth living for.

I knew he'd been working on something and now instead of just my suspicions and hopes, I have proof. It'll be interesting to see how Stork writes his female protagonists for this novel since I've only seen him deal specifically with male main characters. Mary and Kate (I keep wanting to insert Olsen in there) have a heaping load of things going on, a lot of them unimaginably tough, so I think how they overcome them is going to be compelling. I wish this book was coming out sooner. LIFE, SHE IS TOO CRUEL.

The cover is pretty and simple and not overdone, which is nice to see. I was disappointed, however, to see that it didn't reflect the covers of 'Marcelo in the Real World' or 'The Last Summer of the Death Warriors'. I loved the cover art from those two books and since he'd used it twice, I was hoping there would be a third occasion for the artist to work his or her magic again.

Release Date: January 1st, 2012.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

"Strange indeed, sir. Peculiar even."

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs: Jacob's grandfather used to tell him stories when he was a kid. Stories about a large and beautiful house on an island, a sharp beaked Headmistress and a bunch of strangely talented children. At 16, Jacob stopped believing those stories a long time ago but then the monsters came and everything changed.

And it all started with a few photographs.

I love this book. I well and truly do. I've been reading it all week (school started up or else I would have been done in 3 days) and I just finished it today.

I adore the mixture of writing and pictures and they both play off of each other to create something really special, something I haven't seen before. This book had me going in so many directions. As I read the novel, I had all these assumptions about what this book was going to be like and with every chapter I read, my assumptions fell apart. I'm not saying it's a bad thing at all. In fact, when a book can surprise me, it's a good thing. If you read it, you'll understand why.

Another funny thing is, I had nightmares about this book. I can read various short stories by H.P. Lovecraft and go to bed unafraid and dream about nothing but not so with this book. I can't even explain it except that I woke up so thoroughly frightened and concerned about faceless children. Nightmare fuel, y'all, I know.

Some good news that isn't about me and my sleeping habits? There shall be a sequel. Ransom Riggs did some more exploring during the summer and found some more pictures that he'll be incorporating in the next book. I'm already so excited for it.

This is a video about the author's journey in Europe where he searches for the house he envisions as Miss Peregrine's home for her peculiar children. Really fascinating and amazing to watch. Some of the things he shows you in the video are so heartrendingly beautiful. It gave me chills.

(note: title quote from Murdoch Mysteries.)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

"Almost every species in the universe has an irrational fear of the dark. But they're wrong, 'cause it's not irrational."

The Isle of Blood (The Monstrumologist #3) by Rick Yancey: Will Henry can finally get back to being normal now that Dr. Warthrop and his new assistant Arkwright are off chasing the "Holy Grail of Monstrumology". But when Arkwright returns with the news that Dr. Warthrop is dead, Will can't quite believe it.

Wanting to know the absolute truth, Will must journey to a place steeped in more darkness and horror than he's ever experienced before. A place where human bones are used to make nests and the rain that falls from the sky is blood red.

Release Date: September 13th, 2011.

And because of the outpouring of amazing support, there will indeed be a fourth novel to the series!

Wondering what I'm talking about? Then you missed what happened back in August when the series was suddenly discontinued by Simon and Schuster. But not for long as people started to email the publishing company asking them to reverse their decision. I personally wouldn't have known that this was happening if not for fellow blogger Stephanie Reads, who brought it to my attention. I'm glad that there will be more in the series and I look forward to enjoying more of Rick Yancey's stories.

(note: title quote from Doctor Who. If I remember correctly, it was Ten's era.)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

"If love be rough with you, be rough with love."

Pure Red by Danielle Joseph: Cassia Bernard wants to find her pure red, her heart's desire and her passion. But during a hot summer in Miami, she'll learn that what the heart wants isn't always what it needs.

This book reminds me of every sad Taylor Swift song I've ever heard and I feel like it would be about disillusionment and about finding out that nothing is clear cut. Sounds cool and worth a look.

Release Date: September 8th, 2011

Stay With Me by Paul Griffin: Cece and Mack are different. Cece is a straight A student with plans for the future and Mack is a high school dropout from a broken home. It's so unexpected when they connect over a rescue dog and fall in love.

But when Mack's past comes back, will it make them stronger or pull them apart?

Sounds like it has the potential to be a great book. I really want to know more about Mack and his past misdeeds as well as how Cece and Mack will impact each others lives.

However, I do feel like the cover could use some work because it really does not catch my eye in a hey-this-is-pretty kind of way. And I get the impression that the dog is copy and pasted into that photo. If your copy and pasting is obvious then something is definitely wrong.

Release Date: September 8th, 2011.

Lola and the Boy Next Door
by Stephanie Perkins: Lola Nolan believes that putting on your clothes each day should be like dressing up. The wilder the pattern, the crazier the colours, the more perfect it is. Despite her lawless style and rocker boyfriend, she's got a big heart of gold.

But when the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, move back into town and next door, Lola's going to have to deal with their shared history and the old feelings she used to have for Cricket.

Stephanie Perkins needs to keep churning out sweet and adorable books just so I can revel in their romance. Like Anna and the French Kiss, this novel sounds like a lot of fun and I can't wait to get my hands on it. The cover is also really pleasing to the eye with all the colour and finally, we get to see a guy on the cover.

Release Date: September 29th, 2011.

(note: title quote from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

"Masks. They hide our faces. They hide our fear."

I've been holding off really talking about the new 52 from DC Comics because I wanted to form my own opinion after I'd read something that was a product of the relaunch. You opinion that wasn't still ranting and pouting.

Batgirl #1
Written by: Gail Simone
Penciller: Ardian Syaf

3 years. It took three years for Barbara Gordon to walk again and she's trying to get back into the groove of wearing the mark of the bat on her chest again. But there's a new baddie in town named Mirror and no one's quite sure what he's after. It wasn't the 'welcome back' that Batgirl was expecting.

I actually liked the first issue. I didn't expect to since Stephanie Brown is my one and only Batgirl but I did. I think Mirror is going to be an interesting bad guy to figure out.

My only problem? They didn't explain how Barbara can walk now after being confined to a wheelchair due to her spinal cord injury. So I'm into the series for now but if that doesn't get explained soon then there is going to be a problem.

Issue #2 comes out October 12th.
Issue #3 comes out November 9th.

Batwoman #1
Writer and artist: J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman

Kate Kane has a lot to deal with. Her father betrayed her. She has a new unruly sidekick. And there's a monster on the loose that's taking the children of Gotham. It's never a quiet night for Batwoman.

I was so surprised that this series is continuing the story from the last issue before the relaunch was announced. I didn't think they'd do that since it was supposed to be a reboot. But I am not complaining. I loved the art and the story from before so I was happy to see it carried on. That being said, I liked this issue but it felt like there should have been more to it. That's what I hate about single issues, they always leave you wanting more.

Also, for those wondering, Batwoman is still a lesbian. That wasn't suddenly changed like some of the other things in the DC Universe (i.e. Amanda Waller).

Issue #2 comes out October 12th.
Issue #3 comes out November 9th.

There are definitely going to be some hits and misses with the new 52, no doubt in my mind, but I do think that there will be some good comics coming out of it too.

(note: title quote from Batman, New Earth series.)

Equal dark, equal light

Damage by Anya Parrish: When Dani was eight years old, there was an accident. She fell from a building and no one believed her when she told them that Rachel, her imaginary friend, had been the one to push her over the edge.

7 years of therapy later and Dani no longer believes in Rachel. Now fifteen, Dani has dreams of being a dancer but a fatal accident leads to a startling realization: Rachel is real. And Dani knows that Rachel won't stop playing games until she's dead.

I've always loved the idea of the imaginary friend but I find they've always been sort of positive figures. Yes, they cause a bit of mischief but they don't do it with the intention to hurt (ex. Drop Dead Fred). That's why this novel interests me. The imaginary friend is a dark force in the story that only Dani can see so the question Rachel actually real or is Dani completely bonkers? And if Rachel is real, what is Dani going to do to combat someone only she can see? I'm excited to find out.

Release Date: September 8th, 2011 in paperback.

by Marianna Baer: It's going to be a strange year at Frost House for Leena Thomas. First, she's assigned a new roommate she didn't expect - strange and odd Celeste Lazar. Then weird things start happening inside the boarding school - picture frames falling, doors locking unexpectedly, and furniture tipping over.

Celeste blames the other girls in the house, thinking they're behind the strange events because they want to make her leave. While Leena strives to keep the peace in the house, she begins to feel increasingly unsafe and uncertain. Is Celeste to blame or is it all in Leena's head?

This book sounds so creepy. You got your big ol' house, weird roommate (possibly from hell) and odd things happening inside the aforementioned house. It sounds like a recipe for something entertaining. I also really love the cover art for this book. I think it really hammers home Leena emotional struggle as well as the idea that she's imagining it all.

Release Date: September 13th, 2011 in hardcover.

Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey: When Wren's boyfriend dies in a car accident, she decides that she will not live without him. Using the powers she was born with, she tries to bring him back but what comes back isn't her boyfriend. He's only a cold shell of the person she remembers.

So Wren hides him away but the situation becomes more complicated when the new boy at school, Gabriel DeMarnes, guesses her secret and makes Wren feel things she thought she could only feel for Danny. Wren made her choice and now she has to figure out a way to put things to right even if it costs her own heart.

I have high hopes for this book and not just because it involves a zombie boyfriend but because it's about decision making and consequences and about doing the right thing even if it hurts. Really a cool idea. I don't know why I keep thinking about Ed chained up in a shed with a ps2 like in Shaun of the Dead.

Release Date: September 20th, 2011 in hardcover.

Shifting by Bethany Wiggins: Magdalene Mae has a secret. She's a shape shifter. After being bounced from one foster home to another, at eighteen she's determined to make this last one stick. She wants things to be different this time around. The plan is to act normal and stay out of trouble.

But there's something lurking in the shadows of her new home and they're not going to leave Magdalene Mae alone.

Shape shifters! I don't think I've ever dealt with these creatures in a novel outside the Harry Potter series so this is going to be new for me. I wonder if Bethany Wiggins will allude to the folklore behind shape shifters at all in her story. I wonder if she'll build upon the ideas in folklore stories and create something entirely her own.

Release Date: September 27th, 2011 in hardcover.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: There's a crack in the sky and winged creatures are slipping through. The only sign of their visit being handprints burned into doors.

In Prague, an art student with natural blue hair named Karou fills her sketchbooks with drawings of monsters. She can speak many languages including those that aren't human. But Karou has no idea who she is.

When she runs into one of the winged creatures in an alley, she becomes embroiled in an old and harsh war that will reveal the answers she seeks but will she regret knowing the truth?

Out of all the books I've listed here, I think this is the one I'm most looking forward to. Early reviews for it have been consistently good, which surprised me. I thought it would be one of those books that sounded perfect but ultimately fell flat so I'm happy to see my worries about it dashed. I also think this book probably took a lot of world building and there's nothing I find better than an author who can create their own tiny universe within a book.

Release Date: September 27th, 2011 in hardcover.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

"I do not sit at home with the pause button on Colin Firth in clingy pants, okay?"

Being a total nut for anything Austen, I think it's absolutely normal to feel like you might want to run away to that time and place full of propriety, parties and pretty dresses. Even know, they didn't have proper toilets or toothbrushes or clean running water. But all that realistic Debbie Downer stuff aside, it's the good stuff that drew me to this book when it first came out in 2007.

Jane Hayes, the main character, had the same feeling. Except maybe a bit more intense because her love/obsession with Fitzwilliam Darcy has ruined her for all other men. So when an old relative of hers gives her a chance to take a trip to an English holiday spot that allows women to act out their Regency-era fantasies, she takes it happily.

But a beautiful house, empire-waist gowns and propriety can only distract her for so long as she realizes it's all a game. Is Jane ready to crawl out of that Darcy shaped hole and fall for someone real?

You'll have to read the book to actually find out or you the film based off Austenland that just finished filming. SURPRISE!

Now there isn't a release date for the film yet but I'm still so excited for it. I love movies like this where they mix the old with the more modern. Admit it, you too watched ITV's Lost in Austen and loved it to bits.

Another thing that it has going for it is that Shannon Hale, the author herself, had a hand in writing the script for the film. I like that this seems to be happening a lot more often now. Also the cast seems fun. Keri Russell plays Jane, remember her from Felicity? Other fantastic names include JJ Feild (Captain America), Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords), James Callis (Battlestar Galactica), Georgia King (The Duchess), Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman) and Jennifer Coolidge (Legally Blonde).

Austenites of the world unite!

Interested in reading more? Check out Shannon Hale's Blog.

Feel free to even check out the Austenland website. Right now it's still COMING SOON but maybe someday soon there will be some colourful and awesome content.

(note: title quote from the Lost In Austen tv series.)